Autumn Re-enrolment

As busy parents we know that your time is precious and we’d like to help. That is why we will process your child’s re-enrolment to our Term Time Courses on your behalf.

We will complete the process for you next week on Monday 26th of June. 

In order to secure their place next term all you need to do is pay a deposit of 30% of next term’s fees. Please see our Terms and Conditions here. 

This can be done:

  • online
  • by calling Head Office on 0121 296 9204

This must be paid by Friday 7th July in order to secure your child’s place next term

You & Your Child’s Details

If you or your child’s details have changed in any way or if you no longer wish to hire an instrument please inform Head Office ASAP by phone or email (we will assume that you wish to keep hiring the instrument unless otherwise informed).

Fancy A Change?

Ready to go it alone? If you do not intend for your child to join us next term you must inform us by Friday 7th July so we can free up the place in the class for another child.

If your child’s class becomes too small we may need to merge it with another class – should this be the case we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Payment Plans

To make things even easier termly fees can now be paid for via a payment plan.

Once we have received your 30% deposit we will be in touch to enrol you in Monthly Payment Plan*.

This means that you can spread the cost over the term using our safe, simple, and reliable automatic billing system.

Payment plan - schedule of payments for autumn term:

Payment%Date DueTerm Week
Deposit30%Friday 7th JulyEnd of Week 9
Payment 135%Monday 25th SeptemberWeek 2
Payment 235%Monday 16th OctoberWeek 5

If you do not wish to pay via the payment plan then full payment for the summer term must be received by Friday 7th July.

If you have any questions about the re-enrolment process, our Head Office can be reached any weekday between 9am-5pm by email or you can call us on 0121 296 9204.

 

Encouraging your child to practice – when does it become “a chore”?

Having taught violin for over 10 years, the issue of practice has always been a “hot topic” amongst both children and parents alike. It’s a subject that when raised usually receives a huge gasp or even facial expressions of contempt from children. “Have you managed to practice this week?” I would ask a child and the answer would be “yes”, “a little bit” or “no”, followed by a list of reasons why. The best of which was “I couldn’t practice as my dog was sat on it!”.

One of the main reasons I set up The Strings Club in 2012 was to offer musical programmes for children that ignited their love of music from the offset. That inspired them to get their instrument out at home, to practice and to feel confident in performing in front of family and friends at home. At The Strings Club Head Office, we are sometimes contacted by parents asking us how they can encourage their child to practice at home without them pushing them to do so. Understandably, parents feel pressured into not only ensuring that their child progresses on a weekly basis, but also ensuring that they are getting “their money’s worth” too.

From experience, I have listed the main reasons why children do not want to practice below and underneath each point, I have listed how our award-winning Term Time Courses and fantastic teaching team ensure that children practice on a regular basis.

They are not encouraged to practice

At the beginning of each Term, children also receive a “practice makes perfect” guide to monitor their practice too! Each week, children receive a “practice makes perfect” diary that has all the information they will need including keywords, recommended listening to the main songs they should be focusing on that week.

They have nothing to work towards so get bored easily

As partners with Music Medals, The Royal Schools of Music, all children are encouraged to work towards a Music Medal on a regular basis – giving them something really worthwhile to work towards. We have also designed Minis Awards for our Minis classes too!

They don’t know how to practice

This is so important and is something that I believe is an integral part of learning an instrument. More often than not though, children and their parents are not advised on how to practice at home and this is something that is so important to know. Here are a few myths below regarding practice:

  • Myth #1

You need to practice for an hour a day to make any progress

Nonsense! If your child wants to play for an hour a day then great! But if not, encouraging them to practice for 5-10 mins a day to start off with is a fantastic start!

  • Myth #2

You need to practice at the same time every day

Nonsense! Yes, getting into a good routine (see below) is good, however, we understand how busy children are, so as long as they take the time to practice on a regular basis, then this is great!

  • Myth #3

If you don’t practice for a day or two, your standards will go down

Nonsense! One of my old violin teachers who was also an infamous solo violinist practices for 8-10 hours every day, however, this was her job. If your child misses a few days because of going on holiday, illness, whatever reason, this does not mean their playing standards will have drastically decreased.

For those 200 children who attend our Term Time Courses, we would however recommend that they attend our summer Holiday Camps this summer. Our morning ‘Learn Together, Play Together’ sessions are a great way to ensure that your child’s playing standards remain at a high standard and avoid what we call at the Head Office, “the summer slump”. The sessions are specifically geared to those children who already play and are invaluable in developing those ensemble playing together skills whilst also having fun playing music with others. Your child is also encouraged to bring in their pieces that they have been assigned for the holidays. This way, they will be mini maestros by their first Term Time lesson in September!

My top five tips in encouraging your child to practice!

I share my top 5 tips in encouraging your child to practice. Many of these I have learnt through my own teaching, but also some have come from parents at The Strings Club as well as children who attend either a Term Time Course or Holiday Camp. If you have a top tip to share, I would love to hear it and share with other parents.

  1. Practice for 5-10 mins a day to start off with – best to practice for small amounts and regularly than for long durations and unoften
  2. Encourage your child to really look after their instrument and take responsibility
  3. Be positive to your child (if it doesn’t sound quite right, encourage them to try again!)
  4. Encourage them to perform regularly in front of you
  5. Have the instrument in a convenient place where they can access it quickly

I would love to hear your thoughts, so please visit our Facebook page or contact me on amy@thestringsclub.org.

Join us at a Holiday Camp this summer!

Recommend a friend and receive your exclusive discount code!

We have an exclusive offer for those who attended our May Half Term Holiday Camps in two of our new areas – Balham and Islington!*

We understand that attending a camp for the first time can be a tiny bit scary for your child, and allowing children to buddy up with their friends can help with their nerves.

That’s where our exclusive Recommend A Friend offer comes in. Simply tell your friends how you got on this Half Term at The Strings Club and as an added bonus you will receive 10% off your next booking with us!

This offer is a fantastic way of settling in children and ensuring they have a great time in a new environment with their friends and a great way to save too.

This is an exclusive offer for our Holiday Camps during the Summer Holidays in Balham and Islington only.

Simply follow these three steps:

1) Share your experience at The Strings Club with your friends!

2) Get your friend to book with us on our Summer Holiday Holiday Camps in Balham or Islington

3) Contact us via phone on 0121 296 9204 – once we have confirmed your friend’s booking with us, you will be able to claim your 10% off!

Our Holiday Camps are packed with fun-filled, unmissable musical experiences for children aged 4-11. Each day is wonderfully different, including a range of exciting workshops in the afternoons alongside high quality small group instrumental classes in the mornings.

*This offer is for Balham & Islington customers only.

Find out more about our Summer Holiday Camps here

Welcome to The Strings Club – Solihull

Welcome to The Strings Club – Solihull. We are very excited to announce that we will be moving to the B91 area from September 2017 onwards. 

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What we offer

We have a lot to offer in Solihull with wonderfully bespoke musical activities to suit every child and family budget.

Term Time Courses  

Enhance your child’s development with our weekly ukulele, guitar, violin and cello classes – all set within a fun, supportive and rewarding environment. Our partnership with Music Medals, The Royal Schools of Music will also enable and inspire your child to achieve from the outset.

Holiday Camps

Rated 5* by parents on Netmums, our award winning Ofsted registered Holiday Camps bring  together the very best of music education and childcare to engage and inspire your child – every school holiday. Each day is wonderfully different, including a range of exciting workshops alongside high quality small group classes.

Parties 

Ukulele Gurus party with The Strings Club is packed full of high-octane party games, fun filled activities and memorable music-making. Free hire of a ukulele for each child too! From your initial enquiry to the “big day”, we believe your experience with us should be as hassle-free as possible.

Discovery Days

Packed full of high-quality, unmissable musical activities, this free event will inspire your child from the offset and give you the chance to see and hear the amazing things we have to offer. Your child will also get to try out two new instruments and experience two 20 minute lessons – all for free!

Join us at one of our upcoming events:

 

Discovery Days:

Saturday 22nd July – 10.30am – 12pm –  Venue TBA very soon.

Saturday 16th of September – 10.30am – 12pm –  Venue TBA very soon.

 

 

Term Time courses:

We are excited to announce that our Autumn Season Term Time Courses start 23 September and will be running at Sharmans Cross Junior School, B91 1PH.

Minis course, for children aged 4-5 in Reception class and first year of school

Sound Start course, for children aged 6-11

 

Holiday Camps:

Our very first Holiday Camp will be starting this autumn and is running at Sharmans Cross Junior School, B91 1PH

October Half Term – 23 – 27 October

 

Have a question? Why not contact us here or give us a call on 0121 296 9204.

 

Come to our Big Sing Song workshop – inspire your child’s love of music this February Half Term

Are you looking for something to inspire your child’s love of music this February half term? Look no further than our Big Sing Song workshops.

We’re doing very special Big SiWorkshop cropng Song workshops in Sutton Coldfield where we will be using the power of the voice to captivate and encourage the next generation of chart topping singers in the west midlands! Fans of musical theatre will particularly love our our weather themed big sing song sing inspired by the song I Can See Clearly Now. Together we’ll explore and learn harmonies, and get up and active to create and perform movements inspired by the weather, from relaxed sunny days to moody rain storms.

Our interactive and popular workshops are designed to enhance your child in more ways than one, nurturing musical skills such as aural and listening ability, along with other personal skills as listening, focus, teamwork, making new friends and well being. The workshops are specially designed and delivered by amazing musicians who have lots of experience working with children and the ability to help promote all-round musicianship.

Come down to see us in February half term – your child can try out a new stringed instrument and we can enjoy a good sing song together in the afternoon. Join us in Sutton Coldfield on Tuesday 21st of Feb or call the office on 0121 296 9204.

The Strings Club is here in the West Midlands!

Welcome to The Strings Club in the West Midlands.

We are proud that The Strings Club’s head office is here in Birmingham and we continue to offer our award-winning activities in 2 areas of the West Midlands.

Click on your area to find out more about what is happening near you.

West Midlands: Harborne in Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield and coming soon to Solihull

The Strings Club is here in South London

Welcome to The Strings Club in South London

We are proud that the very first Strings Club was launched here in the capital in 2012 and we continue to offer our award-winning activities in 4 areas of London.

Click on your area to find out more about what is happening near you.

South London: Brockley and Balham

The Strings Club is here in North London!

Welcome to The Strings Club in North London

We are proud that the very first Strings Club was launched here in the capital in 2012 and we continue to offer our award-winning activities in 4 areas of London.

Click on your area to find out more about what is happening near you.

North London: Hampstead & Islington

We are now Ofsted registered in Balham

Save your pennies, you can pay for our Balham Holiday Camps with Childcare Vouchers! 201

Our award winning Holiday Camp based at The London Steiner School in Balham is now Ofsted registered. This means that The Strings Club are not only comply with all safeguarding, learning and development requirements so you can rest assured that your child is in safe hands, but we also now accept Childcare Vouchers as a form of payment!

From this October half term and onward, we can accept all types of Childcare Vouchers as full payment for bookings made at our Balham Holiday Camp.

How to book with Childcare Vouchers: 

Booking via childcare vouchers can be made in two ways,­ online or over the phone.

When booking online please enter the coupon CHILDCAREVOUCHERS.

A confirmation email will be sent to you confirming the payment amount and sessions booked with us.

When contacting your childcare voucher provider please do the following:

  • Enter the ID/account number of your booked Strings Club Holiday Camp (found below)
  • Enter the amount you need to pay
  • Please provide a reference of your child’s name

Please see below a list of childcare voucher providers that we are currently working alongside. If your provider is not listed, please call our friendly team on 0121 296 9204 for assistance.

Click here for a list of childcare voucher providers